Chaos at SABC
March 11, 2013
By Chris Forrester
There have been dismissals and resignations at South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC. On February 26th the broadcaster said the acting COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, had been “released from his duties”. Two days later it seemed he was reinstated.
Early on March 11th comes news that SABC’s chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy Thami ka Plaatjie have both resigned, according to a statement from SABC’s press office.
Local reports say that it was Ngubane and his deputy who reinstated Hlaudi Motsoeneng, which prompted SABC’s board to issue its own statement saying only the full board could authorise a reinstatement.
South Africa’s broadcasting minister Dina Pule has called upon the nation’s parliament to conduct an urgent review of SABC’s board and activities.
SABC is rarely out of the news, with accusations of bias, censorship, corruption and blacklisting of unfavoured commentators.